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Will social security deny a case simply because one appointment has been missed?

When applying for disability with the social security administration, screwups do occur.

One particular individual went to a medical examination scheduled by a disability examiner, and conducted by an independent physician. Yet despite having gone to her appointment, she received a notice stating that she had not.

For those who aren't aware, these types of medical exams are scheduled when the disability examiner reviews the claimant's medical records and A) concludes that not enough recent medical record documentation exists to make a decision or B) there is no documentation at all for a particular condition to evaluate the case (which happens very often when claimants write the word depression" on an application but have never been treated for depression).

Fortunately, this individual immmediately contacted social security to try to set things straight. Which was an excellent move on her part because disability applications can actually be denied on the basis of "failure to cooperate". And failure to cooperate can include failing to go to a scheduled medical exam.

Will social security deny a case simply because one appointment has been missed? Probably not. Most disability examiners who are notified that a claimant has missed an exam will attempt to reschedule the appointment at least once. However, repeat offenses can easily result in a denied case, therefore it is simply not a good idea to miss even one appointment.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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How long does it take to get a disability approval letter?
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Disability requirements and how to file in Pennsylvania
Who is eligible for SSI, how do I apply?
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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives